Not on your Nellie!

As we begin to sign off on our tally of rescued animals for the year, we quickly scratch out the final total and add yet another addition, for Dame Nellie Melba has just entered our fold.  Now that’s not the Dame Nellie Melba of the Australian operatic soprano variety -famous for her great set of lungs, for our sweet Nellie is of the ovine variety.  At only 24 hours old, Nellie indeed has a great set of lungs as her bleats can be heard far and wide as she calls for the mother who, alas will never come.  Despite a difficult birth and born one of a twin, this little girl was out to prove that it’s not over until the fat lady sings and nothing was going to dampen her resolve to live; nothing that was, except the reality that her mother had but one teat and the task of raising the wee one was too prove too daunting for the farmer. Now, surrendered into our care, with our supply of colostrum and loving care to offer, our hopes are high that Nellie Melba will soon be on top of the world again. And will we ever give up on creating a kinder world for animals? Not on your Nellie!

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Florence Nightingoat

Her name is Florence Nightingoat. She swept into our lives yesterday evening and while her pitiful screams pierced our ears, it was her pathetic state that moved our hearts into action to do everything in our power to save her life. And this morning we have good reason to believe dear little Florence is rallying and that our medications are having effect. Whilst still unable to stand, Florence is eating, albeit slowly, on her own and the fowl smelling diahorrea appears to have been arrested for now. Mother Nature’s sunshine, combined with our own TLC is working overtime right now to help our new friend who is in this dire straight through no fault of her own.

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Merry Christmas to Ruby

And it’s Ho Ho Ho Merry Christmas to Ruby!!!!!!!!! With loving kisses Ruby sends her thanks to the Gosling Family for her special package. Thankfully the concept of sharing is something Ruby knows well.

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The 12 Days of Piglets

Take part in our 12 Days of Piglets and help spread our special message of kindness with the world. Simply ‘share’ our fun piggy fact each day on your Facebook wall, print out the photo fact and display it prominently in your home or workplace or memorise each day’s fact and whisper it into the ear of a friend or loved one.

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Nobody’s Goat – a Christmas Story of Hope

“He’s nobody’s goat, he’s nobody’s goat.”  That was the message that went out recently regarding a large white male goat and his three offsiders.  Running free for over five years, the wily troupe traversed the mountainous range of Mt Gisborne; navigating fences and surviving inhospitable terrain but due to their potentially deadly proximity to busy, major roads, the time had come for their dare devil escapades to end.  Given their keen sense of agility and quick turn of speed, coupled with the vast domain on which they roamed, the prospects of corralling the goats was nigh impossible and so a cull order had been sort. Continue reading

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Ho ho it’s the Kind Crusader!!!!


and to you our sincere and heartfelt thanks. Off shortly to buy more Christmas treats for the animals, making a mental note to whisper in each and every fur and feather covered ear that the Kindness Crusader sends their love!!!

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353 Glorious Days

A matriarch, a dignified lady and a dear friend, describe an incredible cow we first met on the 1st of January 2013. A shadow of her former self, Miss Marple had whittled away to a skeletal bag of barely walking bones. Her once resplendent fur reduced to something more akin to a well-worn moth eaten shag pile rug. While human indifference had taken away each successive baby she had borne (only for them to be fattened for slaughter and human consumption), and old age had robbed her of practically all of her teeth, nothing could take away her will to live. Proving that all things grow with love, our beautiful new friend quickly blossomed into a shiny rotund cheeky individual who was happy to greet, loved to explore and was oft times given over to moments of sheer bliss as she would close her eyes, chew her cud, enraptured in joie de vivre. Continue reading

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Bird Brain Episode 2

Stop the Press!

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No wait, actually it is a bird. But not just any bird, it is Edgar’s Mission ambassador extraordinaire, Little Miss Sunshine! Join us for Episode Two in our groundbreaking Bird Brain? series as Little Miss Sunshine causes one and all to pause and reflect upon what the phrase Bird Brain really means in a way that is guaranteed to bring a smile to your face and warmth to your heart. And please, if you enjoy this episode, Opening Doors to Kindness, please share it far and wide so that we may all begin opening doors to a kinder future for us all.

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Be the change you wish to see!!

Inspiring change and creating leadership are the hallmarks of an innovative project by NAB called “NextGen”. Special guest speaker last Friday was Edgar’s Mission Founder & Director, Pam Ahern, who delivered a powerful and moving presentation about the work of this not for profit haven for farmed animals and what inspired her to change. Ably assisted was Pam, by the ever popular and clever little Miss Sunshine Chicken and her human companion Paula. Start today, be the change you wish to see in the world!! Continue reading

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A time to be kind

In our youth obsessed material world, oft times the forgotten ones are the more senior members of our community.  But thankfully there are many who argue that age should be no barrier to our compassion, the good fold at Karingal Aged Care in Seymour being in their number.  And last Thursday saw their Christmas Festivities kick off; amidst the mirth, merriment and music, happy farm animals mingled.  “These occasions are just so important to all of us here at Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary” said the Founder & Director of this not for profit group, Pam Ahern.  “Farm animals, like the elderly often fall off the radar of many, yet both welcome the caress of human kindness, respond to cheery faces and enjoy mental stimulation.  You only have to look at the happy faces of both the residents and the animals here today to know that our time has been well spent” Continue reading

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Birthday Wish

My sincere heartfelt thanks for all your kind birthday wishes, I am incredibly touched to know I mean so much to you all. Many have asked what I would like for my special day, and so if you may all indulge me I ask this of you. Please take a moment to write (yes write not email or type) a letter to Barnaby Joyce our Federal Minister for Agriculture, Parliament House, PO Box 6022, Canberra ACT 2600 telling him you wish to see an end to the cruel live export industry that continues to be a blight on us all.

For more facts on why live export needs to be consigned to the dustbin of history please click here.

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Piglet Party

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‘We just wanted to make a difference’

Darcy, Ella, Yvette, Ashlee and Claudia, five determine young grade five girls from St Alipius had just learned of the terrible plight of animals on factory farms and wanted to make a difference.  A quick internet search linked them to Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary whose simple message of kindness for all beings touched their hearts.  And so they determined to help, pooling their efforts the girls raised much needed funds for the not for profit sanctuary for rescued farmed animals.  So touched by the girls efforts were sanctuary Founder and Director, Pam Ahern, who along with Timmy Sheep, Little Miss Sunshine Chicken and Paula May Human went along to St Alipius on Tuesday to personally thank girls and deliver a special presentation about Edgar’s Mission. Continue reading

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Pass the Parcel?

It is a fun- filled and highly entertaining children’s game; passing around a tightly wrapped parcel, excitement gradually building, voices growing louder as eager hands grapple to be the one who reigns supreme. The parcel, the ultimate prize, may land in the lap of any who participate and their success, or lack thereof, is selected completely at random. All in all, it is a harmless way to entertain minds, young and old alike, and is an ideal activity to enhance a party- like atmosphere. Continue reading

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There Really is a Santa Claus!

As Christmas carols begin to fill supermarket aisles, colourful decorations are dusted off and festive celebrations are planned, it’s that time of year when I fondly recall my favourite childhood Christmas memories.  Memories of steeling away behind my mother’s old wooden dresser where she thought she had carefully and secretly hidden the Christmas presents she had bought for my sister and me.  The excitement of what December 25th would bring was just too much for the curiosity of this wide eyed and intrepid youngster to handle.  Oh, the sheer thrill of carefully and quietly as a church mouse prizing open the little white boxes was almost too much for me to bear!  Unwrapping the tissue paper and remembering fold upon fold so I could carefully restore the pack back to its pristine state caused my heart to pound in anticipation.  Before too long my dexterity was rewarded, for nestled in the palm of my hand was my soon to be ‘legal’ treasure – a small plastic toy sheep.  Holding it up to the rays of light that too had braved to enter that forbidden place, turning it over like it was the most prized object in human history saw my jaw drop in utter awe-my world was complete.  Complete that was until I saw the other small boxes beckoning and I, repeating the euphoric motions again and again, soon saw my palm become bejewelled with a plethora of other farm animals.  Continue reading

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Thelma and Louise – a life on the run

Amidst a the sounds of barking dogs and meowing cats two tiny goats, barely six months old made for a forlorn looking picture last Saturday as they languished at an outer Melbourne pound. With suburban sprawl hitting the outermost areas of Melbourne, the line between ‘domestic pet’ and ‘farmed animal’ often becomes blurred. But in the spirit of ‘a rose by any other name’ we know that regardless of the ‘label’ given, all animals feel fear, happiness and pain, all seek to protect their life and all are worthy of our compassion and kindness. And whilst we do not know which side of the line in the sand the hapless Thelma and Louise fell, we do know that it was on death row that they wound up at the pound that had become their temporary refuge. With eight days having lapsed and no ‘happy forever after’ on the horizon, it is to a kind hearted pound worker they owe their lives as their plight hit our ears.
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Jessica Kitten

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Win All 5 Vegie Head eBooks!

For your choice to win ALL 5 of Vegie Head’s eBooks valued at over $100 simply share with us your favourite Cruelty Free Christmas Recipes in the comments below.

Check out Vegie Head’s brand new eBook – ‘It’s a Very Vegie Christmas‘ – packed full of delicious Cruelty Free Christmas Recipes here.

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A Kind Christmas

It’s December already and that means Christmas is just around the corner. And while Christmas is a time of joy for many, unfortunately for our animal friends, joy is often the last thing Christmas time brings their way. Millions of holiday feasts worldwide see the lives of many fun loving pigs and intelligent turkeys brought to an untimely end in the name of celebration. Leading short lives devoid of sunshine, mental stimulation and kindness, for these creatures there is rarely anything to celebrate at all.

But it does not have to be this way. You have the power to make this Christmas a peaceful, joyous and kind time for all – something to truly celebrate. And so, our Campaign Action for this month is for you to ask yourself, “How kind is my Christmas?”

Click here for some great tips and information to help make this Christmas your kindest one yet!

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Operation Charlotte’s Web (Video)

We dubbed it Operation Charlotte’s Web however on the 28th of September 2013 we quickly realised the task before us was more like a scene from Mission Impossible…

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IMPORTANT NEWS FLASH- We Were Wrong!!

On the 28th of September 2013 we were overjoyed beyond belief, gleefully celebrating our rescue of three runaway pigs, whose lives were otherwise destined to be brought to an untimely end through the barrel of a gun. But we were wrong! Our first inkling that we had not in fact spared a trio of perky porcines from a grizzly fate came not long after their rescue when Wonder Woman, now affectionately known as Mumma Pig, began gaining weight at a rate in excess of the good quality feed she and her two off-spring, Captain Courageous and Super Girl, were now tucking into. Continue reading

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Magpie- Hitting the Target

We all know that a Magpie is a black and white bird famous for its melodious warbles.  A lesser known use of the word is to describe the outer ring on a rifle target and an even lesser known ‘Magpie’ is the recently christened black and white kid goat who evaded certain death after jumping ship from an abattoir- bound truck.  Dodging traffic, racing down suburban streets, leaping cars (some not too successfully) and finally taking refuge in the carport area of a block of flats, the petrified young boy was determined it was too early for him to leave this mortal coil.  Given his highly adrenalized state, coupled with both the incredible agility and deft turn of speed of goats, it is but a miracle that Magpie’s rescue was one that went off without a hitch. Continue reading

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Bringing in the sheaves….

And thanking one and all for their kindness was the order of the morning here at Edgar’s Mission as 217 bales of lovely mouth-watering hay and 143 bales of golden straw were delivered by our farmer friend, Ian Miller from hayandstraw.com.au and a debt of thanks to our corporate volunteers from Newpath WEB for chipping in and lending a hand.

To all those who have donated to our bale of hay appeal our cow, goat, sheep, chicken, deer, alpaca, turkey, bunny, goose and piggy friends send you a debt of gratitude.

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Where are they now Wednesday – Family Reunion!

You may recall young Petal, a member of our Broiler Clan who arrived at Edgar’s Mission earlier this this year. Petal, a then 5 week old broiler (or meat) chicken, was not as bright or as able as her buddies and had moved in with Pepper, a blind rescued battery hen, in order to give her the time and space she required to overcome her ails. Sadly, due to the many health issues that plague these Frankenstein-esque creatures, not all of the broiler clan are here with us today, having left this world for a place we can only hope is far kinder to them. However, somewhat mending our troubled hearts is the fact that her months of convalescence and TLC have seen Petal regain her vigour and, showing a desire to venture out further into the world, it was a much stronger and much more spirited Petal who was recently reunited with her Broiler Clan, consisting of the shy and subdued Lily, the boisterous Rose and the amicable Poppy, Rain and Daisy. At around nine months of age, Petal has already experienced a much longer life than the mere 5-7 weeks the factory farmed life had predetermined. And although we experience sadness in knowing that Petal’s life will likely not be a long one, given the abnormal burden her body is forced to bear, it brings great joy to our hearts to witness her merrily scratching in the lush green grasses, dustbathing to her heart’s content and exploring new and exciting frontiers alongside her equally lucky friends here at Edgar’s Mission. So on this Where are They Now Wednesday, we take great joy in sharing with you the story of Petal and her Broiler Clan and invite you to celebrate with us this family reunion like no other!

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International Volunteer Day

Today is International Volunteer Day. And we here at Edgar’s Mission would like to give a huge shout out of thanks to volunteers everywhere who help make the work of not for profit organisations like ours possible.  Your commitment to enriching lives and working to make the world a better place is inspirational!!! HAPPY INTERNATIONAL VOLUNTEER DAY everyone!!

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“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

She may not have dipped her toes into the fresh, salty seawater but everyone’s favourite Ambassador Chicken, Little Miss Sunshine, certainly made the most of her recent seaside adventure. Strolling along the soft sand, pausing frequently to scratch here and to forage there, we had to fight to hold back tears as we watched this dear little being, with a personality as large as your or my own, revelling in an experience that was never meant for her. A far cry from the battery cage in which she resided only 6 months ago, Little Miss Sunshine relished this new and novel opportunity and, seemingly with a wisdom far greater than our own, knew the importance of making the most of every single moment. There is no doubt about it, she is our very own little ray of sunshine and we hope you too enjoy ‘Little Miss Sunshine’s Beach Adventure.’ Continue reading

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